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Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

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Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Any good tips regarding Bayfair- coming for the hydroplane races, staying at the Dana, probably not getting a car- are there any stores around there where we can buy some chairs to watch the races? Does anyone know what bands are playing? Can't seem to find that info on their website.

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1. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

The Dana is not a great place to stay without a car unless you just want to hang at the hotel.

There may be a bus stop nearby but getting around the city by bus is a pain!

You can buy chairs in any supermarket or large pharmacy but the trick will be getting to one from the Dana.

It is in the middle of Mission Bay Park not in a neighborhood where you can walk to things!

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2. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Bayfair is the Hydrofoil races, and the Dana is a great place to stay if you are interested in it. All you need to do is walk over one bridge to Ski Beach Park, which is where the boats and docks area. The races are in the Fiesta Cove area of Mission Beach. So Ski Beach, and then the Crown Point Beach area are popular places to watch the races, as is Fiesta Island, but that is hard to get to without a car). Bands would be performing at the Ski Beach location.

As for beach chairs, MTS Route 8 goes right in front of the Dana, and you can take that south to a large Target store (across the street from the Sports Arena, formerly known as the Valley View Casino Center).

www.sdmts.com/RouteFiles/routes/pdf/8_9.pdf

In fact, if you are buying the chairs the day of the race, you can take Route 9 back from the Target to Ski Beach to save the short walk.

Both are simple, short bus trips and not a pain.

Edited: 5:22 pm, September 03, 2013
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3. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

I did say that if you planned to just hang at the hotel it would be fine!

Most people who come here want to also go out into the city to see/do things so for them it would NOT be a convenient place to stay and take buses everywhere including restaurants for dinner.

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4. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Route 8 is a short trip north to the Pacific Beach Pier area, where there are plenty of great restaurants an bars, and the bus runs after 11 PM every day except Sundays, when it stops around 9 Pm. So if the primary focus is the Bayfair event, the Dan is a good option to be close to the action, and easy bus trips to nearby restaurants. Or they could head south, near the Target is Phil's BBQ, one of the best restaurants in the city for BBQ.

The city of San Diego is very large, so not sure what "Go into the city" means, except it might imply the Downtown area, and of course, a large Urban area is not for everyone.

But even then, Route 8 to the Old Town Transit Center gets you to the San Diego Trolley light rail system, which would take you to many places including Downtown.

IMHO, many folks underestimate the San Diego Public Transit system. Is ti perfect, heck no, but I can't think of one place that is perfect. For example, the city of San Francisco has a great system, but there are still places that are hard to get to using the local transit options.

San Diego, yes, places like the Cabrillo National monument is a bit of a pain and can only be done on selected days. LEGOLAND and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are other locations that are doable, but are a pain.

But the majority of places in San Diego to see/do can be done using public transit. Not everyone wants to drive while on vacation, or don't even have a driver's license, as they rely on public transit in their home town.

Here is a great guide provided by MTS of places they serve and the route numbers.

sdmts.com/Marketing/…FunPlacesToGo.pdf

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5. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

sigh> I come from a city where many people do not drive and use public transit all the time!--New York City.

THAT is good public transit! Not sure why you think San Diego's buses are a great way to get around???

I wonder if you've ever tried to buy a bunch of beach chairs and take them home on a bus??

The reality is that if you like getting around by bus then staying at the Dana without a car will be just fine.

IF you don't then it won't. It is that simple!

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6. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Plenty of locals go to the beach using the bus, and bring their beach chairs and other items on a regular basis. Now, one person going to the store to buy 4 of them, well, I would hire a taxi to get to the nearby Target from the Dana. (Actually, take the bus to the store, and use the taxi after you have purchased the items.)

But people travel differently. I tend to drive a lot, so when I have a chance, I prefer to use public transit when I can.

In a couple of weeks, opted for a Rental car in Seattle since we will spend part of our time Downtown, but also other areas outside of town. Then a few days in Vancouver, and then it will be Public Transit and taxis (no rental car). And in Seattle, we might opt for some use of the Public Transit for selected locations.

As they say, different strokes for different folks.

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7. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Thanks for all the advice- I think bus to target and taxi back makes most sense. We are coming for the races, will be there all day Fri- Sun therefore thought a car would be a waste. Probably will rent one for Monday/Tues to do a bit more exploring beyond Mission Bay. Really appreciate the transit info - by the way, we are from Vancouver - our transit system is not the greatest if you are outside of Vancouver proper and not close to the Skytrain/Seabus.

Edited: 2:27 am, September 05, 2013
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8. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

If you haven't done the Duck Tour in Seattle, I would really recommend it - did it with the family this summer and had a great time. Cool to drive the bus right into Lake Union and see the city from the water. Best to do on a nice weather day

www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/

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9. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

Bayfair is a great event, you'll like it.

From the Dana Hotel, Dana Landing is a short walk for sandwiches and drinks. Also fun to watch rookies try to launch their boats.

Then you can walk over the bridges(actually one of the better places to watch the races, for free) see the cranes put the race boats in the water.

If you keep crossing the bridges you end up at Crown Point. You can watch them launch the drag boats there, and see the start line. If you continue on you can get to the other entrance to Crown Point near Lamont Street and you can stand on the hill and see the end of the drag boat course where they are going top speed.Good stuff!

Pics of some of the area.

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Rent a bike at the Dana, its a great way to get around and see alot of racing. Probably the best way in my book.

Edited: 1:55 pm, September 05, 2013
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10. Re: Bayfair - Sept 13-15/2013

SunLover45, we have down Duck Tours in other cities, and buying the Seattle CityPass, so I think we will be choosing the Argosy Locks Cruise as our boat trip in the area.

Wow, less than two weeks until I return to Seattle (and my wife's first time). Looking forward to it.

And as for Bayfair, headed to La Jolla this weekend, and glad it isn't Bayfair, as my Mom's house is on Mt. Soledad facing the bay, and you can hear the races all weekend long ;)

Now, I did work for a bar decades ago that was a local sponsor of the Hydrofoils, and enjoyed going to the races... It is a lot different being at the event and getting the roars, as compared to just relaxing at home and having the sound come to you.... ;)

Enjoy your trip!